Our flesh is so deceptive. We are so adept at rationalizing away our self-centeredness. We are so enmeshed in our culture I wonder if we fully understand that we are to be different. I often examine my own personality and wonder, “Am I really broken before God?” Do I even know what that means?

          I ran across this comparison of two types of people: proud people and truly broken people. It helped me in my walk. I hope it helps you too.

Proud People:

1.         Focus on the failures of others.

2.         Look down on others.

3.         Have an independent and self-sufficient spirit.

4.         Maintain control – demand that things be done their way.

5.         Must prove that they are right.

6.         Claim and demand their rights.

7.         Have a demanding spirit.

8.         Are self-protective of their time, rights and reputation.

9.         Desire to be served.

10.       Desire to be a success.

11.       Desire to be recognized and appreciated.

12.       Think of what they can do for God.

13.       Feel confident in how much they know.

14.       Are self-conscious.

15.       Keep people at arm’s length.

16.       Are quick to blame others.

17.       Are unapproachable.

18.       Are defensive when criticized.

19.       Are concerned with being respectable.

20.       Are concerned with what others think.

21.       Find it difficult to share their spiritual needs with others.

22.       Have a very hard time saying, “I was wrong. Will you please forgive me?”

23.       When they do confess sin, they speak in generalities.

24.       Are remorseful over sin only when they are caught.

25.       Compare themselves with others and feel deserving of honor.

26.       Are blind to their true spiritual condition.

27.       Don’t think they need to repent but are sure that everyone else does.

Broken People:

1.        Are overwhelmed with their own spiritual need.

2.        Esteem all others better than themselves.

3.        Have a dependent spirit and recognize their need for others.

4.        Surrender control.

5.        Are willing to yield the right to be right.

6.        Yield their rights.

7.        Have a giving spirit.

8.        Are self-denying.

9.        Are motivated to serve others.

10.      Desire to be faithful in order to make others a success.

11.      Have a sense of unworthiness; are thrilled to be used at all; are eager for others to get the credit.

12.       Know that they have nothing to offer God.

13.       Are humbled by how much they have to learn.

14.       Are not concerned with self.

15.       Risk getting close to others; are willing to take the risks that come with loving intimately.

16.       Accept personal responsibility – can see where they are wrong.

17.       Are easy to be entreated.

18.       Receive criticism with an open and humble heart.

19.       Are concerned with being real.

20.       Are concerned only with what God knows about them.

21.       Are willing to be open and transparent.

22.       Are quick to admit failure and to seek forgiveness.

23.       When confessing sin, they deal with specifics.

24.       Are repentant over sin – they seek to forsake sin.

25.       Compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel the desperate need for mercy.

26.       Walk in the light.

27.       Have a continual attitude of repentance.

           May each of us be broken before God and not proud.